Musings: Dream (Tiny) House

Today’s topic is: “What does your dream house look like?” 

I love the old farmhouse that we live in. It is full of natural light all year round and the wood stove provides plenty of warmth during the long winters. And both of my daughters were born at home, in the living room, with my husband at my side. I suppose if we won the lottery, I might consider getting a kitchen island with more counter and storage space, or repainting the pantry cupboards. But otherwise, I don’t dream about moving to a new home.

Instead, I spend a considerable amount of my free time dreaming about my upcoming writer’s retreat/guest house/tiny house.

Tiny House Floor Plan, phoebedecook.com

We (my husband will serve as chief architect and lead carpenter) already know it will be 12′ x 12′ with 8′ tall walls and a steep-pitched roof to provide space for a 7′ x 12′ sleeping loft. I hope to add a 4′ x 12′ clear-roofed porch onto the front which will make the final footprint 12′ x 16′. At this time, we aren’t planning to insulate it (since our house guests will most likely be during the summer), and it won’t have any running water. The issue of electricity is still being debated. I’m hoping to find an off-grid way to run a ceiling fan and maybe someday put in a small wind turbine and battery that could charge my laptop. And ideally, we’d figure out a way to get our wifi signal to reach all the way out to the edge of the property.

But everything about the inside is still just a daydream. The uninsulated walls will automatically create a ton of shelf space for books and other collectibles (which I have already started collecting). The inside is going to be painted white, and I am hoping for at least two windows on each wall. It may look something like this:

I did a lot of research on stairs versus ladders to access the sleeping loft and I think I’ve settled on a rolling library ladder that can be stored near the outer wall when not in use. Maybe like this:

As for furniture, 12-foot square isn’t a lot of space once you start to fill it, so my plan is to keep it minimalistic with a desk and a roller chair, and then someplace soft to sit (like a chaise or a wingback chair or a loveseat). That will leave plenty of space to unroll my yoga mat (hopefully on a more regular schedule than I seem to manage right now). I haven’t figured out which style desk I want yet, but I’m considering industrial, slim legged with a small drawer, or something with hidden compartments (because wouldn’t that be cool?!)

The loft will have a queen-sized guest bed and a small bedside table (and probably a solar-powered lamp of some sort).

I’ll keep you posted on our construction progress (when we start working on it later this summer/fall hopefully).

Share your dream house in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

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